Series: Geek Girl #1
Release Date: February 1, 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
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Harriet Manners knows a lot of things.
She knows that a cat has 32 muscles in each ear, a "jiffy" lasts 1/100th of a second, and the average person laughs 15 times per day. What she isn't quite so sure about is why nobody at school seems to like her very much. So when she's spotted by a top model agent, Harriet grabs the chance to reinvent herself. Even if it means stealing her Best Friend's dream, incurring the wrath of her arch enemy Alexa, and repeatedly humiliating herself in front of the impossibly handsome supermodel Nick. Even if it means lying to the people she loves.
As Harriet veers from one couture disaster to the next with the help of her overly enthusiastic father and her uber-geeky stalker, Toby, she begins to realise that the world of fashion doesn't seem to like her any more than the real world did.
And as her old life starts to fall apart, the question is: will Harriet be able to transform herself before she ruins everything?
I’m going to be really honest here and admit that in the past I had turned my nose up at Geek Girl a bit because it really didn’t seem like my thing. Not that I really knew what it was about. I just assumed it was for young teenagers with simple writing and average characters. I’m actually not too annoyed at myself for thinking that, though, because it meant that I was pleasantly surprised when I finally picked it up.
Geek Girl is an hilarious contemporary novel with so much humour that can only be described as British humour. Sure, I think the book is geared more towards younger teenagers, but it doesn’t feel too young. It’s more cute. I was totally in the mood for cute and funny (even fluffy) when I read this so I picked it up at the right time.
I could definitely have related to the characters when I was younger and still in high school. Reading about their adventures (not so much the modelling thing, because obviously) made me think back to my school days and smile. Some of it was very relatable to Past!Me.
I flew through Geek Girl thanks to the easy writing style. It’s not exactly a fast paced book, but it’s one of those books where you don’t notice the pacing because you’re enjoying the writing so much. I think I read it in the space of about five hours, and that was with a coffee trip in between.
I’m planning on reading the second book, Model Misfit, this month after having accidentally bought it at the bookshop last week. I’m hoping for more quirky and more humour and more cuteness.
And with that, I’ll leave you with a couple of quotes which made me laugh out loud at the coffee shop.
“She’s probably so mesmerized by her own beauty she can’t move away from the mirror,” I hear Wilbur stage-whisper. “It’s why I’m always late.” Then he knocks on the door as well. “Look away from the reflection, baby,” he shouts through the wood. “Just look away and the spell will be broken.”
“She’s….having an affair with a strawberry jam manufacturer?”